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Chili's at VCU celebrates National Fajita Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and offers sizzling chicken fajita for $9.99 when participants show the VCUDine social media poster. Chili's at VCU is located at 355 W. Cary St. at the corner of Cary and Belvidere. There is limited free customer parking available across the street in the JL Lot. For more information, contact Lauren Hay at or (804) 828-3894 or visit

The Education Abroad office hosts its final mandatory information session at Grace Street Center, 912 W. Grace St., Room 2119, for faculty proposing study abroad programs in the 2017-18 academic year. The session will cover the timeline, proposal process, marketing and handbook. For more information, contact Erin Robson at or (804) 827-7882.

This week

Rams in Recovery welcomes students, alumni, faculty and staff who are in recovery or who support recovery to a gelato social and fellowship in the Recovery Clubhouse at The Well. For more information, contact Thomas Bannard at or visit

Coming up

The Institute for Structural Biology, Drug Discovery and Development presents as part of its 2017 Fall Seminar Series, "Interactions of Pleiotrophin with Glyosaminoglycans," featuring Xu Wang, Ph.D., assistant professor, Arizona State University, in BioTech One, Robert Ball Conference Room. For more information, contact Umesh Desai at or (804) 828-7328 or visit

The Langston Center for Quality, Safety and Innovation hosts the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Richmond chapter meeting in the School of Nursing, Room 2001D. Ross Airington, M.P.A., will present "Trumpcare, Republicare or Obamacare Lite? The American Health Care Act and the Uncertain Future of ACA." Attendees will learn more about making a difference in patient safety and quality. For more information, contact Jamie Smalley at or (804) 828-5181 or visit .

VCU Libraries presents Grad Fest, the drop-in open house, at James Branch Cabell Library. The event provides an overview of research services especially for graduate students or prospective graduate students. Participants will tour library spaces, enjoy refreshments, and also have the opportunity to talk to experts about publishing, innovative media, research data management and more resources for work. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at or (804) 828-0129 or visit

The Wellness Resource Center invites faculty and staff to its Recovery Ally Program, a training designed to help participants better support students and loved ones in recovery, at the Wellness Resource Center. Registration is required by visiting For more information, contact Thomas Bannard at or (804) 366-8027 or visit


Introducing The Office of Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity (formerly Disability Support Services)

As of Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) will be transitioning into Student Accessibility and Education Opportunity (SAEO). SAEO will be rolling out a new and entirely digital methods to request, schedule and submit tests proctored by the office and is offering a broader range of services for students and increased opportunities for faculty trainings, workshops, consultations and general support. For more information, contact Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity at or visit

Campus Connector Begins Fall Schedule

On Thursday, Aug. 17, the Campus Connect begins operating on its fall semester schedule, Monday-Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. To track RamRide in RealTime, visit For more information, contact Craig Willingham at or (804) 828-7275 or visit

Great Place: HR Redesign FAQ: What happens to my benefits if I switch?

While the policy enhances the leave program, other benefits - retirement, health insurance, workers comp, life insurance, etc. - will stay the same. If you opt into the new plan, you remain a state employee with the same retirement benefits, though some classified employees in the new plan will also have the option to switch to the VCU Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). To submit a question, use the contact information below. For more information, contact HR Redesign at or visit

Rec Sports Offers New MCV Campus Hours

The MCV Campus Recreation Center opens earlier this semester at 5 a.m. rather than 6 a.m. This applies only to the MCV Campus Recreation Center and not to any other VCU Rec Sports facilities. For more information, contact Anthony Muscatello at

2017 Service Awards

2017 marks the 46th annual service awards celebration for VCU and VCU Health faculty and staff with five to 55 years of service. The ceremony/reception will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 3-5 p.m. in the Stuart C. Siegel Center. Invitations will be emailed in late Aug. To see this year's list, visit the website below. Questions, changes or corrections can be submitted to the contact below (for the university) or (for VCU Health). For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at or visit

Seeking Committee Members for American Indian Heritage Month

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs seeks committee members for American Indian Heritage Month. If interested in becoming a committee member, use the contact information below. For more information, contact Reginald Stroble at

The Commonwealth Society: Registration Open

The Commonwealth Society, VCUarts' educational organization for adult learners, opened registration for its fall semester on Thursday, Aug. 10. The Commonwealth Society connects community learners to the resources of VCU and the robust Richmond arts scene through classes and other programming. For more information, contact Angela Allen at or (804) 827-7301 or visit

Policy Open for Public Comment: University-Related Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

A draft "University-Related Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)" policy is now open for university comment through Thursday, Aug. 31. The draft policy can be found at For more information, contact Tom Briggs, assistant vice president for safety and risk management at or visit

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